I originally started a carb-free diet a year or so ago at the suggestion of fitness guru Matt Furey. Furey turns off a lot of people due to his MLM tactics in selling his products, but in my experience his products ARE that good.
In one of his blog posts recently he listed a number of feats that fitness pioneer Earle E. Liederman held up as the things that every man (or woman) should be able to do to save their own life. Here's the post (also viewable at http://www.mattfurey.com/mattfurey_u...your_own_life/):
Can You Save Your Own Life?
"Every man should be able to save his own life. He should be able to swim far enough, run fast and long enough to save his life in case of emergency and necessity."
The quote mentioned above comes from Earle E. Liederman, a renowned fitness pioneer back in the days of Charles Atlas.
In order to 'save his your own life' - as well as the life of a loved one, Liederman did NOT advocate
bodybuilding. Or powerlifting. Or massive muscles.
Much of Liedermans' life-saving method evolved around the development of 'strength-endurance'
with bodyweight calisthenics.
Let's face it, big gigantic muscles may impress some people, but there is nothing more impressive than
having the functional strength-endurance to do things with ease - including saving your own life - or someone else's.
Liederman's life-saving prescription is almost the same as my own. He wrote that you should ...
* Be able to swim at least half a mile or more;
* Be able to run at top speed two hundred yards or more;
* Be able to jump over obstacles higher than your waist;
* Be in condition to pull your body upward by the strength of your arms, until your chin touches your hands, at least 15 to 20 times;
* Be able to dip between parallel bars or between two chairs at least 25 times or more.
"If a man can accomplish these things," Liederman said, "he need have no fear concerning the safety of his life should he be forced into an emergency from which he alone may be able to save himself."</blockquote>
How many of us can do these things? They all seem to me to be very primal and basic, and definitely a fun goal to try to achieve!